Silver amalgam fillings have been widely used for decades, but advances in dental material now provide us with more esthetic and healthier ways to treat cavities. Tooth-colored fillings are composed of plastic resin and other materials. You may hear this material referred to as composite fillings or simply composites.
Tooth-colored fillings, unlike silver amalgam, bond directly to the tooth. This is a preferred method for protecting your oral health because we don’t need to remove a lot of healthy tooth structure to create a long-lasting filling. Tooth-colored fillings are also likely to minimize experience sensitivity to temperatures when compared to silver fillings.